Since the semester started, we have been publicizing our self online using this blog. I have had experiences before blogging online many years ago, but with more personal life in the content. To compare with the blog, I am doing today, and before, this one will be more topic focused, audiences targeted, and have certain goals to achieve. In fact, participating this class introduced me what an individual online publisher should look like, gave me the information of how can we do our work, and helped me to organize and connect to the information. Also, the class provided discussion and reflection to let us think deeper about the relationship between us, publication, and media in nowadays society.
It was very perplexed when I have to decide what I am going to blog about at the first time since I cannot think of a thing that I am very into and have a lot of information that can share with the world. Therefore, I turned the focus into things that I do every day, and I came up with the idea of sharing my cooking and gaming life. As a passionate gamer and a person who cook for the house, my first plan was sharing interesting information, or useful tips to the people have similar interests with me. However, the plan did not go so well, I was either too busy to cook or did not take record while I am cooking, but I have been posting about my gaming life or gaming article. After getting the suggestion from class and from friends that had read my site, I decided to change my blog content to share about an interesting thing that happens in my daily life, whether it is about gaming, cooking, or a restaurant review, or even about my kitten’s life. By making this change, I think it will help me develop audiences pool starting from people around me who want to know more about me to people have similar interest with me, and later on to people who search me from the internet. This change will also help me to develop richer content on my blog since I will have different information for the different audience. The Youtube channel, Bob’s Your Uncle inspired me for the idea.
This Youtube channel primary purpose is to share cooking information to his audience, but in the same time, he loves to talk about the social topic when he is cooking. His sharp speech is also the main reason why he is very popular in HongKong. He also produces video and information in travel or just discussion about hot topic around the society or even politics. His channel illustrates the audience today living in information flooding world, want to see multiple pieces of information as a package, edited and pack to one, and they can receive everything through one perfect piece.
During the whole term, I have changed my site’s layout many times. The biggest change was the entire theme of my site, from a black and white minimalism to a theme that contains picture slide, and with more vivid color. The first theme I choose was aiming to let my blog fit into the gaming style, but I changed it because it was boring, overused, and could not represent who I am, which, described in the article Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse. You cannot tell which site belongs to which companies since they all look the same. I cannot stand in the copy-cat culture, just as how everyone is using iPhone or Apple Mac book. Therefore, I changed my site to a theme that can be more unique and can represent my identity online more.
In the other hand, I am also trying to connect my blog and my Twitch channel and Youtube channel to provide different ways for my audiences to read my context. As a publisher and an audience at the same time, a piece of information only have text could not get my attention and let me stay on the site. So, I believe my audience, who have similar habits and interest with me, feel the same way too. Also, the topics I am sharing will also increase their power if they come with picture, sounds, or video.
However, the blog I am doing is against the thinking I have for publication now. I notice how people are paying attention to other’s life every day instead of their own; I see how every individual’s publishing themselves through the social network have ruined our society. But I am still one of them, sharing my life with others. At the beginning of the term, I consider the word “publication” explain the action of people who are publicizing themselves and their thought to the world. Yet, I had never been aware of the issue that publication nowadays brings to our life. For example, the psychology article which explains the different ways we act in online and in real life; Or, the fake news in the social network; Or, how the technology are taking away our attention, etc. After this term, I think more before I share a post, I check the authenticity of a news story or a video, I also, try to be aware how am I publishing myself online, and my identity online.
Looking forward, I will try to keep the site online as a tool to share my thought to the public. Although I am still in the beginner stage, my goal is to become a successful publisher, bringing some influence to the public one day.
Suler, John. 2004. “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” Available from: http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html
Gertz, Travis. 2015. “Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse.” July 2015. Available from: https://louderthanten.com/articles/story/design-machines
BBC News. 2017 “Quebec mosque attack: Fox News deletes tweet after Canada complains.” BBC News. February 01, 2017. Available from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38821804
煮家男人 Bob’s Your Uncle. 2017 “牛肉意粉卷 – 特首選舉 Beef Cannelloni – Lesser of Three Weevils.” March 25, 2017. Available from: https://youtu.be/XDfeWlAmfyI
Mod, Craig. 2017. “How I Got My Attention Back.” Available from: https://backchannel.com/how-i-got-my-attention-back-c7fc9297d347